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How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life Paperback – August 1, 2004
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Walt was unique, and so are you!
The attitudes and traits we learn from Walt’s life teach us how to be more uniquely who we are and who we were meant to be. If each of us would dream big dreams, approach life with hope and confidence, and persevere until our dreams come true, then we would not only be more like Walt, but we would become the people God created us to be.
My grandfather believed so much in what he was doing that he put his name on everything. He had a thirst for life, a strong work ethic, and a willingness to take great risks in order to achieve great things. We could all benefit by studying the lessons of his life.
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"Ive read every book that has ever been written about Walt Disney, going back to some that were published in the 1930s. [How to Be Like Walt] is by far the most enjoyable to read of them all!" Tim ODay, Disney Scholar
"How to Be Like Walt is a fitting tribute to Walts memory and an important contribution to the Disney legacy . . . Now more than ever, we need people with the qualities Walt had: optimism, imagination, creativity, leadership, integrity, courage, boldness, perseverance, commitment to excellence, reverence for the past, hope for tomorrow, and faith in God." Art Linkletter
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1) Chapter 3 on Imagination Unlimited: This is where the lessons such as unleashing your imagination are shared, and details given on how Walt Disney was even invited to the White House to show his cartoons (this was due to the fact cited that President Franklin D. Roosevelt admired what Walt's concept of what Mickey Mouse represented.
2)Chapter 4 on Animated Leadership: Information is given on how Walt inspired the spirit of creativity and innovation in his Disney employees.
3) Chapter 11 on Living for the Next Generation: Details are given on how Walt visualized the Mickey Mouse Club, and had the midas touch in spotting creative talent.
4)Chapter 12: A Man of Singular Focus: Facts are given on the origin of the "Mary Poppins" movie that is widely know as a children's classic. The birth and origin of the "EPCOT" center is also discussed.
5) Chapter 15: Walt Lives: There is a really heart-touching story of how Walt Disney made time to fullfill a seven year old boy's wish, who was about to pass away (back in 1955). The boy's only wish was to ride Walt Disney's train. Walt Disney personally made time for this little boy, and even ordered his staff to keep what he did anonymous (which fortunately they honored his request, and kept it from the public until after his death).
"How to Be Like Walt Disney" is a very heart-warming biography that gives good information on the lessons that anyone can study from Walt's life regardless of what industry they may be in. In addition, the author made sure to have a delicate balance of biographical and self-help information in this book that highlighted vital details of Walt Disney's legacy. This book is a very uplifting read to have if you wish to read biographies that are informative and inspiring.
Having grown up watching Disney movies, cartoons and television shows it was wonderful to be able to take a look at Walt's life through the people who knew him best. From bankruptcy and betrayal to triumph and the tragedy of his death, this book covers it all. I simply couldn't put it down. This book has the potential to change your outlook on life as few books can.
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